Sunday, February 5, 2012

Joined the cowl bandwagon...

I have coveted the Vogue cowl neck dress that everyone but me (it seems) has made but I just cannot afford Vogue patterns unless on sale and I just can't buy one pattern so I don't go to the sales. (Didn't stop me buying 10 the other week when Simplicity were .99c with exorbitant)so when I picked up many patterns 2nd hand recently (don't need any of those either) I wanted to make a cowl neck dress that I got there for $1.


I went to Spotlight yesterday with my friend as she had been looking for some large white spot on navy fabric and I found some great looking sateen and also some nice drill when I went a few days ago looking for white wood blinds (for the newly painted bedroom). Even though I am in a self imposed fabric buying hiatus (just as I was when I went to The Fabric Store a couple of weeks ago and still managed to buy something)but I broke that and bought a stretch fabric for $3 per metre to make New Look 6154. It is an 'Easy' pattern and I think short of a rectangle elastic skirt; nothing could be easier. 


It is the easiest dress I have ever made - all up I think it took me 2 hours and that includes cutting out the paper, adjusting the length fit and sewing it up. The thing that I like about this pattern and I think I will use in future patterns where I can, is the back pattern pieces were cut separately because they are curved at the waist.  It was kind of fitted and it made for no adjustments for my sway back.  I was using this cheap (but very nice) fabric as a wearable muslin (the only kind I make!) but I am thrilled at how well it has worked out.  Now I know why people end up making two or three of these easy dresses. What do you think?


I'm trying to get better photos but lets face it Elle has nothing to worry about! I can't even take a photo of the back - maybe Tuesday when my friend comes over. This is a very flattering dress. I love the fabric.  If you look just above my right hand shoulder that is a book in a photo frame.  The book is called Sofie Metropolis ... save for the spelling of the surname - that is ME! Yes, even with that unusual name, it is in print. A friend who works on large private cruisers saw this in the US a few years ago in a second hand book shop and sent it to me with cryptic messages about a super surprise - and it was, I love it.


Have you got your name in print? Do you have a cowl neck dress?

5 comments:

  1. Wow, that definitely does not look like a 2 hour dress, what a bargain pattern, fabric and time!. I love the neckline. I have the same feelings about Vogue patterns.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. The dress pattern is great and the shaped back is a God send to my J Lo behind! (I heard someone else call their behind this and I like it! - much more flattering than big a....

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  2. I have the pattern but have not made it yet, despite it looking great on everyone I have seen it on. It looks wonderful on you, and I love the fabric. Black and white prints are one of my favorites.

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    1. Oh Audrey you make such wonderful stuff this would whip up in a second for you! I love your taste and skills. The more I wear this the more I like it and hope to whip up another one this evening. I like testing myself but the time I have at the moment lends itself to this type of sewing - quick, easy and minimal fitting. I like the shaped back pieces - makes it very well fitted with minimal trouble especially my sway back and J Lo behind! Thank you for the compliment but I think the fabric and nice pattern really makes this dress.

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  3. This looks wonderful on you. And I love how you say "wearable muslins" are all you wear. Fun way to think of it, for I do the same thing. I rarely purchase expensive fabrics and everything I make is an experiment... then when things turn out beautifully (as this did for you) you feel all the better!!!

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